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Everyone old enough to read this will almost certainly have had that “coming out of the shower or bath into a cold room” experience at least once in their lives.  It’s miserable and there are three steps to combatting it.  The first is to sort out your bathroom flooring so that you step onto a mat (or even a rug) and then either into a pair of slippers or onto a warmer surface like linoleum or cork tiling.  The second is to ensure that there is an appropriate level of heating for the size of room and the time of year and the third is to wrap yourself quickly in a nice, warm robe or towel.  Towel radiators can help with the second point and deal with the third.  With that in mind, here is a guide to help you choose one.

 

Choose your heating form

towel radiatorOrdinary radiators are usually connected to your central heating system (although even then there are a few exceptions such as oil-filled radiators).  This makes complete sense in just about every area of the home - except the bathroom.  There are two reasons for this.  The first is that bathrooms tend to be the coldest rooms in a home due to the fact that they are often covered largely in very conductive surfaces such as ceramic tiling, which become very cold very quickly when the heating is off, plus the fact that there is generally limited access for sunlight and its warmth, due to the need to ensure privacy for bathroom users.  The second is that it’s much more of a challenge to add extra heating to bathrooms than it is to add it in other rooms due to the fact that bathrooms are, by definition, places where there is a lot of water, which rules out many common domestic heaters.  Connecting a towel radiator to the central heating makes it economical to run, but it also means that if you turn off your central heating, you turn off your towel radiator, which can be a bit of a nuisance given that if there’s one room in your house you could probably use extra heating, it’s likely to be your bathroom.  One way to get around this is to run your central heating but turn every other radiator in the house off at the valve, but this has the potential to be highly inconvenient.  Another approach is to opt for electrically-heated elements, but these can be more expensive to use all year round and it can be galling to have to pay doubly to heat your bathroom when you’re running your central heating in any case.  Because of this, many people opt for dual-fuel towel radiators, which can be connected to central heating systems but also have electric elements as a back up for during the summer months.

 

Decide how much capacity you need

towel radiatorIn the UK, the capacity of towel radiators is measured in British Thermal Units, BTU.  To get a ballpark idea of the minimum capacity required to heat your bathroom adequately, take the measurements of your room (height*width*depth) in metres to get its cubic volume, then multiply this by 400 to get the BTU capacity you will require for an average bathroom, by which we mean a fairly modern home with good insulation, where the bathroom only has one outside wall and one small to medium-sized window with double glazing.  We’d advise against shading these requirements down, even if you think you reasonably could, but you may want to think about shading them up, for example if you live in an older house where insulation is less effective.  This calculation also assumes that most of the surface of the towel radiator is going to be uncovered so that the air can circulate, bringing the head with it.  If you think it’s more likely that everyone’s going to hang their towels on the towel radiator at the same time all the time, then you should definitely think about increasing the capacity to compensate.

 

Look at possible siting locations

In principle, you want to site your towel radiator in the coldest part of your bathroom to ensure maximum efficiency of heat circulation.  In practice, this is only really an issue in some older homes with poor insulation.  If you’re in this situation and you’re unable to bring your insulation up to modern standards, then we’d suggest that you do whatever you reasonably can to put at least one of your main radiator and/or your towel radiator into this part of the room since we suspect you’re probably going to want all the heat output you can get.  If, however, you’re in a modern house with decent insulation, then we’d be more inclined to look at the existing plumbing rather than worry about determining which exact place in the bathroom gets the least heat.  Basically, if you can site your towel radiator where there is already plumbing in place for it, then you’ll save yourself both money and hassle.  We’d therefore suggest that this should be the first point you should check and that you should only site your towel radiator elsewhere if this is really important to the overall design of your bathroom.  When looking at siting locations, remember that in addition to accounting for the size of whatever towel radiator you ultimately choose, you will also need to think about the thickness of the radiator itself plus the towels you plan to hang on it.

 

Choose between free-standing and wall-mounted towel radiators

towel railIn most bathrooms, you will be able to choose between free-standing towel radiators and wall-mounted towel radiators.  If you’re planning on putting the towel radiator up against a load-bearing wall then this will be purely a matter of personal taste.  If, however, you want to put your towel radiator up against a partition wall, then we’d suggest you check that the wall can actually handle the weight before you set your heart on a wall-mounted radiator.  If you can choose between either then wall-mounted towel radiators can help make a small bathroom look a bit bigger by keeping the floor space clear and encouraging the eye to look further up.  On the other hand, by definition, they do take up wall space, which may be a minor issue in a small bathroom, which it would be impractical to put in wall-mounted storage, but possibly somewhat more of an issue in medium-sized and larger rooms where the wall space can be used to house cabinets (or even decoration).  You may also find that your existing plumbing connections are at ground level and hence opting for a wall-mounted towel radiator would involve the extra expense and inconvenience of extending the piping.

 

Look at style and finish

While towel radiators do come in a variety of different styles and finishes, we’d suggest you bear in mind that towel radiators are long-term appliances and choose a design you can live with over the long term and which will adapt to updates in your decor, whether it’s making your bathroom more modern or more traditional.  With that in mind, we’d point out that these days your choice of finish will typically be between painting and chrome plating.  If you’re looking for optimum efficiency then painting is the way to go since chrome plating is highly insulating and therefore absorbs some of the heat generated by the towel radiator.  Painting also gives you the option of updating your colour later on if you feel like a change (and putting it back how it was if you change your mind back again).  Chrome, on the other hand, does have a sleek and chic stylishness some people absolutely love and as long as the plating is of a high quality (as it is with all the towel radiators we sell here at Poshh), it will resist corrosion and look good over the long term.

 

Choose your valve

radiator valvesUsually you buy towel radiators and the associated valves separately, which gives you the opportunity to pick a valve which fits your taste and the style of your bathroom.  We’d suggest you consider the benefits of buying a thermostatic valve, which can maintain the temperature of the towel radiator at a specified level and therefore make your towel radiator a bit more energy efficient.  Thermostatic valves do cost a bit more than the standard alternatives, but they recoup their upfront price over time in the shape of lower running costs.

 

Remember your towels

Admittedly we’re being slightly tongue-in-cheek here but only just.  If you use a towel radiator then, effectively, your towels will become a display so you may want to think about upgrading them.  You could go for the all-white look as they do in spas where peace and tranquility are paramount.  Alternatively, you could go for pops of colour and use your towels as art (why not?).  Whichever route you choose, think about comfort.  Since you’ve recognized the importance of being able to step out of a bath or shower and wrap yourself up immediately in a warm towel, why not take it a step further and invest in some really high-quality, fluffy, snuggly towels for the ultimate showering or bathing experience.

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How Long For Delivery?

 

For smaller items delivery is either next day or 48 hours as standard
Medium items like tower towers are 2-3 working days
Large items (showers, sauna and hot tubs) have a 5-7 working day turnaround although many have an express delivery option for 48 hour or even next day delivery

 
 

How does the lowest price promise work - The best service and price, there must be a catch?

 

Nope - there is no catch. We check our prices regularly to ensure we are the best price out there. In the unlikely event you do find it cheaper. We'll not only match it, we'll beat it as a little thank you for alerting us to the price. The price must be a genuine advertised price, viewable to the public and unfortunately, we cannot match verbal agreements/offers or auctions or verbal offers, that's all there is to it. For more information Please see out terms page

 

What is the policy for returns?

 

Not happy with a product - No problem. we offer a full 14 days returns policy for non-customised orders. Simply get in touch with us for a returns reference and we'll set it in motion.

 

What does 'parts warranty' mean?

 

Where quoted - Many of the items on our site comes with a 'parts warranty'. If any fault occurs, we operate a no quibble warranty system where we will send any required replacement parts to you on a next day delivery service where possible, completely free of charge for a period of your warranty from the date of purchase or installation. (Please retain your original invoice number to validate this) Warranty registration with the relevant manufacturer is necessary in all cases

 

What warranty do I get?

 

Like all products from legitimate manufacturers the warranty for them is carried and covered by that manufacturer - The duration of any warranty is advised on the items page. You should in all cases check the manufacturers page for further warranty terms as well as registering any warranty once an item has been received where applicable. 

 

How Do The Large Items Arrive?

LArge items are often supplied in a number of boxes (normally 3-5).  All boxes are able to pass through all standard doorways if the item is intended for indoor use. Care and thought should be given to if and how the boxes/contents will navigate stairwells. Often stairwells are narrow and have lower height regions, corners and banisters though the boxes that come will be able to be carried in homes unless there is a very unusual set up.

 

What Electric Connection Do The Steam Showers Require?

All of our Steam Showers require a single 13amp connection. Whirlpool showers, require 2 x 13amp.The shower should be connected via isolated fused spurs. If your mains board (consumer unit) has RCDs fitted, then REMOVE the ones fitted to the power cables of the shower. Must of our Hydro shower do not require an electrical connection, for those that have lights or radio etc, these units require 1 electrical connection. The hydro showers that do have electronics are transformed down to a safe 12volts. 

 

What Are The Water Pressure Requirements For The Showers?

Our showers require between 1 and 3 bar of pressure at the unit to operate. For optimum results 2-3 bar is recommended. Please note that all Steam Cabins require a flow rate of at least 14-16 litres per minute. The water supply to the unit must also be balanced.

If you have a combi boiler, this typically provides water at a pressure suitable for the shower, but if you are unsure, ask you plumber to check the pressure for you. If you have a Combination (combi) boilder, you WILL need a PEV. (Pressure Equalisation Valve)If you have gravity fed water, or you water pressure is not high enough, then you will need to fit a pump.

How Much Does It Cost to Run The Steam Function?

Based on current costs for electricity to operate the steam function for a recommended maximum of half and hour is around 30 pence. Compare this to the cost of visiting a Sauna in a Health Spa etc.